By Leonardo Ramos
What is Rock Climbing*?
Rock climbing is an activity in which participants climb up, down or across natural rocks formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a usually pre-defined route without falling.
Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with mental control.
Types of Climbing
Phsyco Block (Deep water Solo)
Who Practice Rock Climbing?
The Rock Climbing is practice for both Men and Women from the early years until advanced age.
According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, a non-profit organization; the number of people who participate in sport climbing, which includes indoor and outdoor climbing, made up 1.6 percent of the American population.
That's about 5 million people based on a U.S. population of about 314 million. The organization says traditional climbing attracted 0.8 percent of the total population in the same year, or some 2.5 million people. At least 600 indoor halls are dedicated solely to climbing and climbing walls exist in thousands of gyms across the country (1).
In an article written in The New York Times in 2015, the author said that according to the Climbing Business Journal, there were 436 climbing gyms in the United States and Canada (2).
In the web page www.statista.com an intelligence portal specialized in online statistics, the number of participants in in the United States from 2011 to 2016 (aged six years and above) in climbing (sport/indoor/boulder) amounted to approximately 4.91 million (3).
This numbers and statistics are from the North American Market, Unfortunately there is a little well based information about the rest of the world, but since The US Market is one of the objectives in our plan, it is a most value information.
How Much money does Rock climbing generate?
The size of the market only in United States can give us a little notion about How Much Money this sports moves around the world.
For example according to a study led by Eastern Kentucky University in a place named Red River Gorge, located in that particular state; rock climbers have a significant economic impact.
The study indicates climbers are a substantial economic force in the Red River Gorge, contributing $3.6 million annually.
It also indicates that climber spending directly creates jobs and contributes to the local and state tax base (4).
Where can you practice rock climbing?
The Rock Climbing Sport is Practice almost in every country around the world, as always there are some places more popular than others, but you can say that wherever there is a Rock, there is a Climber ready to climb it up.
www.thecrag.com is the world's largest collaborative platform of rock climbing and Boulder.
Climbing sport nowadays exists all over the world and rising.
In www.thecrag.com you can find almost 1 million ascents, in over 41 thousand zones all across the 5 Continents (5).
Now you know just a little more about this exciting sport, remember that Rock Climbing Curacao waits for you in our beautiful island so you can either start or just enjoy climbing in the most spectacular spots in the Caribbean.